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Oct. 23, 2007

UI program teaches Wilton sophomores about Islam Oct. 26

Sophomores at Wilton Community School in Wilton, Iowa, will get to expand their knowledge of Islam when University of Iowa scholar Heba Arafa visits their classroom Friday, Oct. 26.

Her visit is part of the UI International Programs' International Classroom Journey (ICJ), a program which seeks to internationalize the K-12 curriculum in eastern Iowa. The presentation will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon for teacher Shannon McDonald's 10th-grade world history class. Arafa's talk ties in with the class' unit on the origins of Islam.

Arafa is a Fulbright Scholar from Egypt participating in the UI master's program in second-language acquisition and a graduate assistant who teaches Arabic classes.

The ICJ, which is sponsored by UI International Programs, arranges for guest speakers to visit K-12 classrooms and community groups to promote cultural awareness and knowledge of other countries. These guest speakers are trained international students and scholars and U.S. students who have spent time abroad.

For more information, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or; or Mary van Andel, IP outreach assistant, at 319-384-2247 or

University of Iowa International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Mary van Andel,; Kelli Andresen, International Programs, 319-335-2026,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,

EDITORS: Reporters or photographers who wish to cover this event should check in at the main office of Wilton Community School, located at 1000 Cypress Street in Wilton.